Part I - Century Southern Tower, some Shinjuku area
Part II - Food in Tokyo
Part III - Jiyugaoka, Musashi-Kosugi
Part IV - Aoyama Flower Market, Kappabashi, Harajuku
On my second last day in Tokyo, I went to Kichijoji, a small town located in the city of Musashino. Haven't been there for a few years, and this time decided to re-visit because I discovered a quaint little cafe called Hattifnatt Cafe. I remember a few years back, when I came here, there were some zakka shops but not that many. And wow, I must say I totally regret for missing out this little gem all these while! Fans of zakka have been raving about the zakka shops here, but somehow I didn't manage to schedule Kichijoji into my itinerary as I always prioritise Jiyugaoka instead.
Anyways, I only reached Kichijoji in the afternoon as the hb had a medical emergency and we spent the whole morning settling it. Took the Chuo Line (Rapid) from Shinjuku Station and the journey took about 15 mins which is quite convenient (even more convenient than Jiyugaoka as I have to travel from Shinjuku to Shibuya first then transfer to the Tokyu Toyoko Line, that is if I'm staying in Shinjuku).
Upon reaching Kichijoji, I was immediately attracted by the attached mall, Atre. This place is like a zakka haven under one roof, sheltered all the more! In fact, there's also another mall within the station that houses Yuzawaya (hobby and craft specialty mega-store) but I didn't have time to go.
Found a small branch of cuoca, which I visited at Jiyugaoka already. The selection is much smaller, I merely browsed through and headed to other shops.
One of my favourite zakka/home and living chains, 3 coins. As the name implies, everything in this store goes for 300 yen + tax, i.e. 324yen. Here, you can find quite good quality home goods, kitchenware, accessories and stationery.
Pleased to find an Afternoon Tea Living store here, this is even bigger than the one at Musashi-Kosugi.
The Plaza is another popular zakka cum personal care store.
Watashi no Heya, there's another store at Jiyugaoka.
This particular shop, Toiles Du Soleil is very interesting, it's a shop for customising your very own bags.
Pylones from Paris carries very colourful and cute looking stationery and ornaments etc.
Frankly I was quite overwhelmed and due to the lack of time, I only browsed through each shop very briefly :(
Pleased to discover that the other branch of Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is also located with Atre Mall :)
Unfortunately I didn't have time to sit down for food or tea because I was supposed to go to Hattifnatt Cafe.
I really feel like a character in some fairy tale, exploring every nook and cranny of the cafe.
The service counter at level 2. The key to this place is the rotating lever.
Even the menu books look so cute and they are all handmade! There's like drinks menu, lunch menu, dessert menu, couldn't stop admiring them.
Ordered an iced flora tea and a nama (raw) chocolate pudding based on recommendation of the staff.
After spending quite a bit of time at the cafe, slowly soaking in the atmosphere, I realised it was getting late and reluctantly left the cafe.
There's another Hattifnatt Cafe & Gallery at Koenji as well, just a few stops before Kichijoji, next time I must also go take a look.
CouCou is another 300 yen + tax shop selling very similar items to 3 coins.
End of post and stay tuned for my upcoming last post where I will share a few of my shopping haul items.